Just received from TSAR:
TSAR Publications Presents
Why we Write:
Conversations with African Canadian Poets and Novelists
A Discussion Panel with interviewer H Nigel Thomas
FeaturingWayde Compton (Author, 49th Parellel Psalm)
Karina Vernon (Journalist)
David Chariandy (Professor, Simon Fraser University)
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
6:30pm – 9:30pm@Spartacus Books
319 West Hastings2nd Floor
Vancouver, British Columbia
The panelists will discuss the issues and challenges facing African Canadian writers.
The Book: In this volume, African Canadian creative writers discuss the complexities of the writing experience. Most of the writers interviewed here are humanists; i.e., they see their work as serious depictions of the human condition, admit that their works are informed by an African Canadian ontology, and adhere to the notion that their books must delight and instruct. These interviews, therefore, are valuable additions to the creative process of the individual writers.Apart from identifying how the writers’ geographical and social origins have influenced their work, the questions deliberately avoid autobiography. Instead, these writers respond to the exigencies of craft, the manipulations of publishers, the criticism of readers, and the absence of a clearly identifiable market for their works.